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Not to burst anyone's champagnes bubbles...

Jamieson Van Loan

But vacation week is coming to an end! Eeks...enjoy the last two days before returning to reality. I hope you guys all have an amazing Easter weekend! I am off to a wonderful weekend in Boston with an actual lamb on a spit in the backyard. Holy moly! I know for some that's cruel and awful (to each his/her own) but for a chef- it's pretty darn cool! Greeks do it right!

The weather has finally changed. YES! What are you all doing to appreciate this beautiful turn of events? With each changing of the seasons, I like to reflect on what we are losing and what we have ahead to look forward to. Even though we all complained (me included) about the long winter and cold, grey skies, we really had it pretty easy this winter. We only had a few bad snow storms and not a ton to shovel. Thank goodness! I happen to be someone who dislikes the cold but loves the cozy nights in with a fire, hot cocoa, snuggles and Netflix. Yes please. Those days are behind us for a while.  We are giving up the slower comfort and quiet of winter.

And now we have the long warm summer days...filled with sand, sunshine, warm garden tomatoes and a little rosè. I have a complete appreciation of both seasons, but I will admit that I am much more of an outdoor, sunshine, sunsets on the beach kind of person. Ahead of us are the days of lots of outdoor activity, hot sweaty temperatures, swimming to cool off, outdoor eating, grilling, backyard gatherings...ooh I can't wait! We are exiting our hibernation stage into the active, energetic, sultry season.

This change of seasons reminds me that I have the constant ability to change. I can change my emotions, my opinions, my reactions, my stress level, my plans, my everything. The cliche that people never change or you can't teach an old dog new tricks-it's a big fat lie people! We are all capable of change.

How are you evolving this season?

Happy Easter everyone!
Jamieson xo

Ahh the Greek Life...

Jamieson Van Loan

Ok so if Greece isn't on your bucket list...add it. What an amazing country! From the food (I ate a LOT of it) to the major archaeological and historical sites to the beautiful people- Greece is my kinda country!! 

I have much more to say on that subject but before we delve into my little thought for the week, I want to give you guys a heads up on some MAJOR Maikana news. Starting this week our new Maikana "pick up" fridge will be open in Westport at the beautiful Bar 'Bucha, off exit 17. If you live outside of Norwalk & Darien and are dying to try Maikana Foods- you can place an order online and it will be ready for pick-up by 1pm the following day (for more instructions see photo below). You will also be able to buy specialty bowls/soups/breakfast items there. Bar 'Bucha alone is worth the trip to Westport- it's so bright and vibrant and Kombucha is so healthy for you. I just love it! We are so happy to be small business buddies with them!  Check out their instagram...I have complete instagram envy! So spread the word...calling all Westport & Fairfield friends- Maikana is available for pick up!! 

I LOVE you guys and want to meet each and every one of you so please come out and meet me this upcoming Thursday night at The Shop in Rowayton (see flyer below for more info). We are having a night of yummy Maikana appetizers, some Beautycounter shopping with our friend, Brinley and, of course, the amazing lifestyle shopping at The Shop. I have been rocking one of their gold shark tooth necklaces for a couple months now- I'm obsessed! So please come out Thursday night, 6 to 9pm, to hang out with some cool chicks and have a little fun! Add it to your calendars! 

Now to my thoughts for this week...
As you know I was traveling in Greece last week (Thank you Chris- what a wonderful gift!!). I was lucky enough to be able to spend time with his extended family who all live full time in Greece and to travel to as many historical sites and museums as I could in one week. I must say from what I have seen over my years of traveling is that there are two types of travelers: those who try to immerse themselves in the culture and experience of a new country and those who want a hotel with a beach or a pool and a place to relax. Now I have been on both sides of this travel spectrum and there is nothing wrong with either choice. Sometimes we just need a beach and a place to recharge. But I will say this, what a beautiful, magnificent and culturally different world we live in?! I get mind blown every single time I step foot in another country and get to really be involved in another culture and the beauty of another people. With all this insanity with travel bans right now, it saddens me that we are putting up metaphorical walls (and possibly real ones) to keep out the beauty of different cultures. Experiencing new and different situations, peoples, countries or cultures is not always easy or pleasing but it adds to our growth. It is a window to a life beyond our own. And a lot of the time it humbles us. I am so grateful for my travel experiences because it has grown me in ways I could not have imagined. 

I leave you with this quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes:

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

Jamieson xo